Tuesday, September 18, 2018

IAPG-Nepal has a new co-coordinator

We are pleased to inform that IAPG-Nepal has now 2 co-coordinators, covering different geoscience topics.

Ranjan Kumar Dahal, Associate Professor of Engineering Geology at the Central Department of Geology, Geodisaster Research Center, Tribhuvan University, has been appointed co-coordinator of IAPG-Nepal and will chair the section along with Shree Prasad Vista, who has managed the section till now.

Shree Prasad Vista is coordinator of Soil Science and Ecological sector of IAPG-Nepal, while Ranjan Kumar Dahal is coordinator of the Engineering Geology sector of the section. 

The Nepalese Society of Engineering Geologists (NSEG), Nepalese branch of the IAEG (that has an agreement for cooperation with IAPG) has offered to host officially the secretariat of IAPG-Nepal. 


More info about Ranjan Kumar Dahal (PhD, PostDoc, M.ASCE)

Ranjan Kumar Dahal
Ranjan Kumar Dahal is an Associate Professor of Engineering Geology at Central Department of Geology, Geodisaster Research Center, Tribhuvan University. He graduated from Tribhuvan University, Nepal with Masters of Science (M.Sc.) in Geology and also holds a Doctoral Degree (PhD) in Engineering from Kagawa University, Japan. He worked in Ehime University, Japan as a JSPS Postdoc researcher primarily focusing on geological hazards, landslide hazard evaluation, engineering geological investigation of roads, tunnels and dams. In his professional capacity, Dr. Dahal currently serves Central Department of Geology, Tribhuvan University as Coordinator of MSc in Engineering Geology program since March 2016. He has published more than 60 technical/scientific papers in peer-reviewed international and national journals. He is also author of a seminal book on Himalayan geology and has co-authored three books in his discipline. He was awarded the Young Scientist Award of Nepal in 2009 by the Nepal Academy for Science and Technology (NAST) to commemorate his scientific and academic achievements. In 2010, he was appointed a Fellow Academician in NAST by Prime Minister of Nepal. Dr. Dahal serves Kagawa University (Japan) as visiting professor, and Ehime University (Japan) as visiting associate professor addendum to his post at Tribhuvan University. Dr. Dahal possesses international experience in multitude of research projects, training courses and consulting projects related to geohazard risk assessment from Japan, Taiwan, and India.
As Management Director of International Consortium of Geodisaster Reduction (ICGdR), Dr. Dahal works in close coordination with geohazard experts of Japan, Taiwan, China, Indonesia, USA and European countries for the geodisaster reduction. Dr. Dahal fulfills editorial responsibilities in several international and national journals, such as the Springer Open Journal of Geoenvironmental Disasters as Associate-Editor-in-Chief, the International Journal of Landslide and Environment (IJLE) also as an Associate-Editor-in-Chief, Nepal Journal of Science and Technology (NJST) as an Associate-Editor-in-Chief, and as an editor for the Bulletin of Engineering Geology and Environment. He is also associated with Himalaya Conservation Group (HCG) as Chief Technical Adviser in advocating research based policy making concepts in Nepal. He was assigned as special expert for the Sunkoshi Landslide Dam rescue and response program of Government of Nepal in 2013 and he helped Nepal Army to open a landslide dam in a manageable way. In the aftermath of 2015 Gorkha Earthquake, Government of Nepal nominated him as a member in the National Reconstruction Consultant. Backed by long expertise and exposure in national as well as international geohazard research, he is serving Nepal for appropriate mitigation practice for landslides, rockfalls and an array of geohazards. Dr. Dahal has pioneered rock fall hazard mitigation practice in Nepal by collaborating with his Austrian colleagues. 
Dr. Dahal is Coordinator and representing IGC Co-host Nepal (Nepal Academy of Science and Technology) in the organizing committee of the International Geological Congress 2020, New Delhi (India).
More details about Dr. Dahal are available at: http://www.ranjan.net.np.


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Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Geoethics & Groudwater
Management Congress
1st Announcement 

The first announcement of the Geoethics & Groudwater Management Congress (GEOETH&GWM’19), that will be held in Porto (Portugal), from 21 to 25 October 2019 is out.

GEOETH&GWM’19 convenes groundwater specialists, scholars and professionals, as well as educators, students, and early career colleagues in the first specialized world forum for discussing theory and practice, sharing values, knowledge, research, educational projects, best practices and strategies aiming at the responsible integrated management of groundwater resources for a resilient and sustainable future.

Major themes of the GEOETH&GWM’19:

1) Fundamentals of Hydrogeoethics: Cultures, principles and geoethical values in the philosophy of groundwater resources, legal frameworks, policies, management models, professional practices and citizen action.

2) Lessons for a resilient and sustainable future with Hydrogeoethics: Case studies of geoethics in groundwater science-engineering, profession and management.

3) Scientific and humanistic components of Hydrogeoethics: Education and professional training of geoethics in groundwater management.

IAH - International Association of Hydrogeologists and IAPG - International Association for Promoting Geoethics delegated the task to organize this Congress to the Executive Council of the Portuguese Chapter of IAH (AIH-GP).

Manuel João Florentino Gomes Abrunhosa, chair of the GEOETH&GWM’19 Organizing Committee, is member of the IAPG Board of Expert for Geoethics in Groundwater Management.

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Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Videos for triggering a discussion on geoethics

The IAPG website has a new page under the menu "tool", titled "videos for triggering a discussion" (http://www.geoethics.org/videos) that hosts short videos, kindly provided by our member Johanna Ickert, whose subject is geoscience.

These videos have been designed for different target groups and can encourage the discussion on geoethical aspects of geoscience communication and education.

The language and the images used, the simple explanations, the particular approach that often starts from simple common experiences taken from daily life, aim to bring citizens and society closer to geosciences. They help to demonstrate the potential of geosciences to improve the conditions of human life, to protect the population from hazards, and to push towards more sustainable choices. However, they are not limited to disciplinary knowledge, but show that geoscientific knowledge is often closely interlinked with socio-political, cultural, ecological, and economic questions.

Here below videos available in the new page (Texts provided for each video by Johanna Ickert, Silvia Peppoloni, and Henry Wichura):

The whispering of a mountain (3:28) by Louis Desanois
In this film, a young mineralogist contemplates his field work experiences in an Argentinean mine, where he witnesses several conflicts of interest about the mine's impact on the environment, employment opportunities, land rights, ethical questions etc. Through a personal commentary and deliberately open-ended questions, he critically examines his own role and responsibility as researcher who studies the land and its resources.

The man and the meandering river (4:03) by Marisa Repasch
A practical case explained to the public sector: what is the direct impact in real time on the environment as a result of climate change and how do river-dynamics change the landscape and land properties. Through the eyes of an affected farmer in Argentina, the author highlights the dynamics and complexities of river erosion with respect to landscape evolution.

Rock glacier (2:33) by Julia Drewes
A short and concise video on how climate change influences the dynamics of a rock glacier and what repercussions it has on the freshwater availabilities for the communities that live nearby or in the valleys downstream. In the light of climate change, the raising of awareness in the public sector about this essential resource is crucial: water.

Listening to Earthquakes (2:27) by Martin Zeckra
This video explains the concept and models of a shaking surface, also known as earthquakes, in a very easy-to-grasp language. It answers questions such as: Where do they come? How can we detect them? And how do they sound like?

Wonderful Earth (1:44) by Ahmad Arnous
The Earth is a marvellous planet, full of beauty, spectacular landscapes, but also danger and vulnerabilities. This video shows the phenomena of the Earth surface and its interior and mirrors the deep fascination and curiosity of a young geoscientist being involved in the systematics of Earth processes.

The real villain (1:26) by Gino de Gelder
Greece and Turkey have always been strangely in conflict for historical reasons. But let's take a look at the geology that characterises both their areas: who is the real villain? A common geological destiny unites them.

Why geosciences? (1:25) by Ershad Gholamrezaie
Do geologists only understand dinosaurs and rocks? No, geologists, with their skills and knowledge, are fully involved in exploring the most important global challenges: climate change, natural hazards (like floods, earthquakes, volcanoes, storms), oil exploration, mining, and sustainability. Geosciences serve to understand how the Earth works: that's why they are necessary. This is a video to overcome clichés and prejudices about geologists and geology and to bring the public closer to geosciences.

What would you do in case of an earthquake? (1:44) by Görkem Sivri
How to emphasize the importance of preventive actions to defend the population against earthquakes? This video starts by making a comparison with a citizen having a heart attack, or suffering from a broken arm - all "normal" circumstances or in the case of an earthquake. Normal actions – asking a relative for help, calling a taxi, or driving to the hospital – are impossible if an earthquake happens: the phone doesn't work, there aren't taxis, roads are blocked, you are isolated. So what do you do? Is there a way out? Yes: let's prepare in advance, let's learn about the possible preventive actions that can make the difference. They can even save your life.

The world doesn't work under laboratory conditions (1:30) by Christopher Bernd
Models may not coincide with the reality of natural phenomena. The uncertainty factor is always present. It is important to transfer to the public the meaning of uncertainty in science. The value of science exists only if we are aware of its limits.

The North Anatolian Fault (3:57) by Johanna Ickert
Istanbul is located in one of the highest seismic hazard area in the world, due to its proximity to the North Anatolian Fault. This short animated film portraits Olcay, an early career geoscientist, who developed a passion for earthquake science and its communication to the public. Through her personal experience she discovers why her city is so vulnerable to earthquakes, the importance of building respecting anti-seismic criteria and the consequences of unpreparedness to face seismic events by citizens.

Look at videos: http://www.geoethics.org/videos

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Monday, August 27, 2018

A sad news 

It is with great sadness that we inform that our prominent member Prof. Partha Sarathi Datta (IAPG-India), Independent Consultant on Water & Environment and Former Project Director at the Indian Agricultural Research Institute, passed away on 13 August 2018.

Prof. Datta actively contributed for years to develop IAPG activities. He gave always his availability to put his experience at disposal of IAPG colleagues, helping us also for simple tasks and activities like the translation in Hindi language of IAPG documents, demonstrating his great desire to spread geoethics within India geoscience community. Recently, he was coooperating for the organization of the International Congress "Geoethics & Groundwater Management: Theory and Practice for a Sustainable Development" that will be held in Porto in October 2019.
A special memory of his figure will find space in this Congress, highlighting his valuable suggestions and contributions for the success of this event.

Professor Datta will miss us.

Here below his biography from https://www.omicsonline.org/editor-profile/Partha_Sarathi/

Short biography
Post-Graduate & Doctorate (Groundwater Recharge Estimation in Ganges Basin), Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur. Received UNESCO/UNEP Training on ‘Groundwater Protection from Pollution & Depletion’, Geohydrological Research Institutes, USSR. Long-standing recognized expert, adviser & consultant (Hydrology) to national/international agencies (IAEA, Vienna; Fluorosis Research & Rural Development Foundation; Centre for Science & Environment, Delhi) & NGOs. Undertaken innovative pioneering research & outreach field Initiatives and Assessed Groundwater Recharge & Pollution in River basins; Influent/effluent seepage & Recharge Potential under river flood plains; Paleo-Climate & Climate forcing, Land use & Environmental impacts on Hydrological regime; Crops WUE; Multi-sector Water Consumptive use & demands; Delineated aquifer recharge zones. Evaluated National & International laws/policies, and Developed Policy Guidelines on Resiliency planning for Groundwater protection; Water quality standards; Water & environment conservation; Water governance, harvesting & supply options; Adaptation strategies for Drought avoidance and Sustainable development. As Director, Nuclear Research Laboratory (established under the aegis of UNDP/SIDA/FAO/IAEA); Actg Director & Actg Jt. Director (Res), IARI, Delhi, Conceptualized, Supervised, Administered, Planned, Coordinated, Managed & Promoted inter-disciplinary vision, goals, priorities & opportunities for R&D Activities in Hydro- & Bio- Sphere; Established Infrastructure & Instrumental Facilities for Research, Education & Training needs; As PG Faculty, taught Environment/Climate Sciences, Hydrology, Impact Assessment. As Member Secretary In-Charge, Indian National Committee on Hydrology for IHP/ARCCOH (UNESCO), Min. of Water Resources, Planned, Coordinated, Facilitated & Aided regional level inter-organization & inter-country collaboration of R&D activities, Education & Training needs.

In the pictures:
Prof. Partha Sarathi Datta during the IAPG session on Geoethics at the XII IAEG Congress in Torino (Italy), in September 2014

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Saturday, August 25, 2018

NGC1 - First Nigeria Geoethics Conference 

IAPG-Nigeria organizes the First Nigeria Geoethics Conference (NGC1), that will be held in Port Harcourt, River State University Auditorium - Faculty of Law, on 18 and 19 October 2018.
The conference is entitled "Integrating Geoethics into the Extractive Industry Governance". 
List of contributions:

- Making Geoethics a central issue in conduct of geoscientist, by Prof. Uriah Lar (Professor of Geology, University of Jos)

- Ethical consideration in developing young geoscientist & defining avenues for geosciences in Nigeria, by Ass. Prof. Timothy Bata (Head of Department of Geology, ATBU Bauchi)

- Geoethics: Approach and concepts in geoscience education, by Prof. Charles Ofoegbu (Institute of Geoscience & Earth Resources, Nasarawa State University Keffi)

- Geoethics: Georisk management for a safer and more resilient society, by Dr. Hycienth Nwankwoala (Senior Lecturer at the Department of Geology, University of Port Harcourt)

- Geoethics: Environmental and social responsibility, by Mr. Fyneface Dumnamene (Youth and Environmental Advocacy Centre, Port-Harcourt).

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Thursday, August 23, 2018

International Association of Geomorphologists - IAG/AIG​ 
officially supports the "Cape Town Statement on Geoethics" 

IAG/AIG - International Association of Geomorphologists officially supports the "Cape Town Statement on Geoethics" (http://www.geoethics.org/ctsg).

IAPG wishes to thank Mauro Soldati, IAG/AIG President, and the colleagues of the IAG/AIG Executive Committee for the decision taken in August 2018.

Currently 20 geoscience organizations support the Cape Town Statement on Geoethics:
  1. International Union of Geological Sciences (IUGS)
  2. International Association of Geomorphologists (IAG/AIG)
  3. European Federation of Geologists (EFG)
  4. American Geophysical Union (AGU)
  5. American Geosciences Institute (AGI)
  6. Geological Society of America (GSA)
  7. EuroGeoSurveys (EGS)
  8. International Association for Engineering Geology and the Environment (IAEG)
  9. International Association of Hydorgeologists (IAH)
  10. International Geoscience Education Organisation (IGEO)
  11. African Association of Women in Geosciences (AAWG)
  12. Young Earth Scientists Network (YES Network)
  13. International Association for Geoscience Diversity (IAGD)
  14. Geology in the Public Interest (GPI)
  15. Italian Geological Society (SGI)
  16. Geological Society of Peru (SGP)
  17. Instituto Geológico, Minero y Metalúrgico, Peru (INGEMMET)
  18. Geology for Global Development (GfGD)
  19. South Asian Association of Women Geoscientists (SAAWG)
  20. African Network for Geo-Education (ANGE)
The Cape Town Statement on Geoethics can be cited as follows:

Di Capua G., Peppoloni S. and Bobrowsky P.T. (2017). The Cape Town Statement on Geoethics. Annals of Geophysics, Vol. 60, Fast Track 7, doi: 10.4401/ag-7553:

The Cape Town Statement on Geoethics is available in 35 languages:

Afrikaans, Albanian, Arabic, Armenian, Belarusian, Bengali, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, French, Georgian, German, Greek, Hindi, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin Chinese, Nepali, Norwegian, Persian, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Sepedi, Serbian, Slovenian, Spanish, Swahili, Tamil, Turkish, Ukrainian, Urdu.

The IAPG pubblication that collects the Cape Town Statement in 35 languagues is for free download, and can be cited as follows:

Peppoloni Silvia (ed.) (2018). Spreading geoethics through the languages of the world. Translations of the Cape Town Statement on Geoethics. International Association for Promoting Geoethics (IAPG), http://www.geoethics.org/ctsg: http://fliphtml5.com/gqru/ttwl

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Sunday, August 12, 2018

Geoscience Community Information Services and Resources Detailed Survey

Dear Colleagues,

The American Geosciences Institute (AGI) has asked us to disseminate a more detailed, 15-minute survey about where the community finds reliable sources of geoscientific information and how these assets are accessed.
This study will help improve the communities’ access to reliable information services.

Please share your experiences by participating in AGI’s 20-question survey, which can be found at http://bit.ly/GeoInfoServicesDetailed.

The survey deadline is Friday, August 24th, 2018. If you have any questions about the study, please contact AGI’s Workforce Development Specialist Heather Houlton at hrh@americangeosciences.org.

We appreciate your willingness to participate.

Giuseppe Di Capua

IAPG is recognized as an International Associate Organization of the American Geosciences Institute - AGI from 2014.

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Monday, August 6, 2018

The Geoethical Promise in the ceremony of the geological master degree in geology at the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia (Italy)

As announced by Silvia Peppoloni (IAPG Secretary General) at the 72nd IUGS EC meeting in Potsdam (Germany) on 22-26 January 2018, the "Geoethical Promise" (http://www.geoethics.org/geopromise) has been included as official declaration during the ceremony for the geological master degree in the Italian Universities, thanks to the cooperation of the IAPG-Italy and the Italian Geological Society.

On 19 July 2018, the "Geoethical Promise" (the parchment is below) was read at the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia (UNIMORE) during the cerimony of the master degree in geology (video below, in Italian).

This was a memorable event! We hope the "Geoethical Promise" will be adopted in many Universities all over the world!

We remind you that the "Geoethical Promise" (avalilable in 35 languages: http://fliphtml5.com/gqru/ttwl) is included in the "Cape Town Statement on Geoethics" (http://www.geoethics.org/ctsg), supported by 19 geoscience organizations.

Silvia Peppoloni said that "... Who in these years has worked hard with me to achieve this result can understand the emotion that I have felt looking at these images, and also the joy and the awareness of having left a mark in the history of geosciences. ​I can only thank all those who have helped me, and in particular Prof. Sandra Piacente and Prof. Elisabetta Erba, not by chance two women: their sensitivity and support have made possible the officialization of this symbolic act, full of meaning for those like me who believe in the ethical and social value of our profession as geologists, in the cultural and educational power of our beloved geo-disciplines ...".

The parchment of the Italian version of the Geoethical Promise

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Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Geoethics at the
AGU Fall Meeting 2018
Deadline is arrived:
Just few hours to submit your abstracts!

IAPG-USA and AGI - American Geosciences Institute co-organize the Session ID# 51793:

Geoethics: Taking a Stand for Ethical Geoscience Research, Education, Communication, and Practice

Cindy Palinkas (primary convener; IAPG-USA co-chair), Vincent S. Cronin (IAPG-USA co-chair), Silvia Peppoloni (IAPG Secretary General), Chris Keane (AGI)

There is a clear need to develop ethical frameworks within which geoscientists can conduct their research, professional, education, and outreach activities. Geoethics deals with the ethical, social and cultural implications of geoscience research and practice, and so provides these frameworks in a variety of settings. For example, as scholars and experts in earth sciences, geoscientists are required to conduct research responsibly and to inform society of potential geological hazards and possible sustainable resources. As educators, they should train students in ethical practices. In all activities, they should exemplify ethical behaviors and attitudes as they interact with colleagues and students in the work environment (including offices, classrooms, labs, and the field) and seek to increase diversity and inclusion. The goal of this session is to discuss these frameworks, considering both theoretical and practical aspects. We invite contributions focusing on the ethical aspects of geoscience research, practice and education, including case studies.

Deadline is expiring. Just few hours to submit your abstracts!


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Thursday, July 26, 2018

The issue #3 - 2018 
of the IAPG Newsletter is out!

The issue #3 - 2018 of the Newsletter of the IAPG - International Association for Promoting Geoethics has been released on 26 July 2018.


- Spreading Geoethics through the languages of the world: translations of the Cape Town Statement on Geoethics
- The Geoethical Promise: a memorable event
- Call for abstracts: geoethics at the AGU Fall Meeting 2018 (deadline is approaching!)
- 1st Workshop of The European Project GOAL (Geoethics Outcomes and Awareness Learning
- MINERLIMA 2018: new dates and venue
- Session on History of Geology and Geoethics in Italy
- Session on “Seismology and Society” in Malta
- The logo of the IAPG-IAH Congress in Portugal is ready
- IAPG at the “II Simposio Internacional Paleontologia del Perù”
- Geoscience and Society Summit: new dates and venue
- An IAPG report from the FORAM 18 pilot event
- Publications
- New national section: IAPG-Lebanon
- International Geoethics Day 2018
- New agreement for cooperation
- Articles from the IAPG Blog
- IAPG photo gallery
- Donations

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Kindly, share this post and/or forward the IAPG Newsletter #3 - 2018 to your colleaguesThank you!

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Tuesday, July 24, 2018

1st Workshop of the European Project GOAL

Rome (Italy), 30 July - 3 August 2018

The workshop, that is focused on "Theoretical aspects of geoethics and geoethics in georisks", will take place in Rome (Italy), from 30 July - 3 August 2018 at the Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia (Italian Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology) and is organized by the Italian Team leaded by Giuseppe Di Capua and Silvia Peppoloni.

Kick-off meeting in Porto (May 2018)
GOAL is the first project entirely focused on geoethics and is leaded by Clara Vasconcelos (co-coordinator of IAPG-Portugal).

IAPG - International Association for Promoting Geoethics is partner of the project GOAL (Geoethics Outcomes and Awareness Learning).

In the picture, participants in the project kick-off meeting held in Porto (Portugal) last May.

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Thursday, July 19, 2018

The Marine Environment: Hazards, Resources and the Application of Geoethics Principles

Just published in the IAPG special issue on geoethics in Annals of Geophysics:

Violante R.A., Bozzano G., Rovere E.I. (2017). THE MARINE ENVIRONMENT: HAZARDS, RESOURCES AND THE APPLICATION OF GEOETHICS PRINCIPLES, doi: 10.4401/ AG-7564.In: Peppoloni S., Di Capua G., Bobrowsky P.T., Cronin V.S. (Eds.), Geoethics at the heart of all geoscience, Annals of Geophysics, 2017, Vol. 60, Fast Track 7.

Oceans cover three quarters of the Earth surface and represent a fundamental component of the global climate system. Life on Earth is closely tied to the climate system and thus to the oceans. Marine regions are subjected to numerous submarine natural hazards such as earthquakes, volcanic eruptions and landslides, in many cases producing tsunamis that threaten coastal areas and many onshore and offshore man-made facilities. On the other hand, as society and technological needs progressively increase, the impact of human activities on coastal and deep waters become more severe, with consequences that include global warming and sea-level rise, coastal erosion, pollution, ocean acidification, damage to marine resources and ecosystem degradation.
Nevertheless, humankind seems not to be adequately conscious about the different kind of hazards threatening the marine environment. The challenge for marine geoscientists is to be conscious of the geoethical compromise in order to alert society, industries and policy makers about the needs to minimize the risks of natural and human impacts in the ocean system.

Free download of all 26 papers published in the IAPG special issue:

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Monday, July 16, 2018

The EU-Latin America Mineral Development Network Platform (MDNP)

by Jan Boon
Jan Boon

Co-coordinator IAPG-Canada
FaciliTech International, Canada 

The EU-Latin American Mineral Development Network Platform (MDNP) aims to establish a network platform for the cooperation between authorities, industry, business (including SMEs), academia, geological surveys and other relevant entities from the EU and select Latin American countries. The EU provides funding for the platform.
To become a member of the MDNP you need to be legally based  in an EU Member State or in one of the following Latin American countries Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Peru, Uruguay, and to be active in the fields relevant for the non-energy extractive industry sector. Unfortunately, this means that only IAPG members residing in the EU or in the specified Latin American countries can register and access the network. I am somewhat puzzled by this, as the "mining ecosystem" (that consists of all actors involved and by their networks of relationships) is truly global.
For example, companies with head offices located in many non-European countries carry out mining in Peru, which means that many important relationships will not be visible in MNDP, although they may affect issues important to MDNP members. Be this as it may, IAPG has registered as a member and Giuseppe di Capua (IAPG treasurur) has access to the platform. You can find details at www.mineralplatform.eu.
The platform is organized around he main headings investment; cooperation; technology, equipment and services; research, development and innovation; responsible mining and sustainable development goals; and events. In addition, it has a tools section that provides networking tools, company profiles, a partner finder, country fiches, funding instruments, tax incentives and more. There also is an on-line library.
Drop-down menus provide details for each heading. Details for selected main headings illustrate the structure of the platform: Investment covers mining legal frameworks, mineral potential, exploration and mining opportunities, and funding instruments and tax incentives. Research, development and innovation deals with project initiatives and networks; funding instruments; exploration, extraction; mineral processing and metallurgy; and mining waste management and rehabilitation.
MNDP will be a very useful tool for all actors linked to the mining sector in the EU and Latin American member countries. If you have a legal link to an entity that resides in one of these countries, you will have access to what looks to become a formidable platform.

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Friday, July 13, 2018

Programme of the session S38
History of geosciences and Geoethics: the right way for social responsibility

Conveners: Marco Pantaloni (ISPRA-Roma), Silvia Peppoloni (INGV, Roma), Fabiana Console (ISPRA, Roma), Giuseppe Di Capua (INGV, Roma)

This session is supported by IAPG and INHIGEO

89th Congress of the Geological Society of Italy, jointly with the Italian Society of Mineralogy and Petrography

Catania, 12-14 September 2018


13 Septmber 2018 [18.00-20.00]

Aula A13

38-1    18.00 - 18.15
Romano M.*: Inventor, Engineer and Earth Scientist in a single brushstroke: Leonardo da Vinci and the earliest conception of sustainable land management on a constantly changing Planet

38-2    18.15 - 18.30
Macini P.*: Well construction and underground fluids in pre-industrial ages: Scientific observations, ethical speculation and medical contributions of Bernardino Ramazzini on the health and safety of Putearii (water well diggers)

38-3    18.30 - 18.45
Hamilton M.*: The research of the western Tauern window between 1894 and 1898 in the documents of the mineralogist and petrographer Friedrich Becke. A project of the “Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften“

38-4    18.45 - 19.00
Foresta Martin F.*: Marcello Carapezza (1925-1987), Scientist and Humanist

38-5    19.00 - 19.15
Branca S.* & Abate T.: The hypotheses of Jean Hoüel (1735-1813) on the formation of Etna. The evolutionary model of the volcano in the representation of the CXIX planche

38-6    19.15 - 19.30
Vaccari E.*: The role of the institutions for the birth of the professional geologist between the 18th and the 20th century

38-7    19.30 - 19.45
Barale L., Fioraso G. & Mosca P.*: The role of geological studies in large infrastructural projects in the 19th century - some examples from NW Italy

38-8    19.45 - 20.00
Boscaino G.* & Boscaino M.: The geology between past and present: cultural heritage and the current social value of geosciences. The tragedy of the Rigopiano Hotel


13 September 2018

38-9    Panel 109
Alimenti S. & Lupi R.*: Policy, economy and geosciences in the debate about Fucino and Trasimeno lakes (1780-1870 ca.)

38-10    Panel 110
Cubellis E.*, Luongo G. & Obrizzo F.: Sciences of Laws and Sciences of Processes for  Earth Science

38-11    Panel 111
De Caterini G.* & Radogna P.V.: Critique of Practical Geology

38-12    Panel 112
Di Cencio A.*, Mori G., Casati S. & Nardi M.: Paleontherapy - the new method in field of medical geology for the therapy of young disturbances

38-13    Panel 113
Pantaloni M.*, Console F. & Motti A.: The “rebirth” of the Torbidone River (Norcia Plain, Umbria): a historic and geoethic approach

38-14    Panel 114
Pinarelli L., Piccardi L. & Montanari D.*: The social value of geological knowledge in the supernatural narratives of the ancient world: some case studies

38-15    Panel 115
Sudiro P.*: The Expanding Earth: a disproved scientific hypothesis surviving its falsification

Programme in the website of the congress:

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